The best Canon camera bag in 2018

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Need a new bag for your Canon camera? Here's our pick of the best camera bags right now – no matter how much gear you have to carry, or what your budget it.  

Canon's kits range from small Ixus compacts to full-blown DSLRs with accompanying Canon lenses, flashguns and other photography accessories. Naturally, you’ll need the best Canon camera bag for the kit you want to carry with you – but there's a lot of choice out there. Options range from a pocket-slim pouch to a cavernous camera backpack, so if you're confused about which one you need, we can help.

The most conventional solution for a DSLR camera body with an attached lens, plus an additional lens or two and a flashgun, is a shoulder bag. These are available in various sizes, some of which are better suited to larger, full-frame cameras and pro-grade lenses including a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. Variants now include messenger bags, which are worn across the body rather than just slung over a shoulder.

For larger camera kits with a greater number of lenses, or maybe a backup body and multiple flashguns, backpacks are usually a better solution. These enable you to spread the load across both shoulders as well as your back and your pelvis. They therefore make carrying weightier kit much more comfortable and less of a strain. 

Backpack-style split camera/daypacks are also available, so you can stow your camera kit in one compartment, and pack all your daily travel essentials into another. Let’s take a closer look at the best bags for your Canon camera on the market right now.

Billingham Hadley Pro

1. Billingham Hadley Pro

The simply gorgeous handmade Hadley Pro is one of the best Canon camera bag you can get

Type: Shoulder bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 3 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Tablet | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 2 | External dimensions: 350 x 120 x 300mm | Weight: 1,100g

Conveniently slim design
Impeccable build quality
Shoulder pad sold separately
Not suitable for large collections of kit

The Billingham Hadley Pro shoulder bag is a class act, with its fully waterproof canvas-look outer, coupled with full-grain leather and brass fixings. For a photographic shoulder bag, the design is refreshingly slim, and yet there’s enough room inside for a full-frame DSLR body like the Canon 5D Mark IV with an attached 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, plus a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom (without tripod collar) and a pro-grade flashgun like the 600EX II-RT. Two additional front pockets enable extra gear to be stashed away, and the rear zippered pocket is big enough for a tablet. For heavier collections of kit, the optional shoulder pad is worth buying, and additional ‘AVEA’ pockets that can attach to both ends are also available in two sizes. This is easily one of the best bags you can buy for your Canon camera.

Nest Athena A40

2. Nest Athena A40

This cheaper option boasts a big capacity and small price

Type: Messenger bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 4 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Tablet | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 1 | External dimensions: 380 x 195 x 310mm | Weight: 1,200g

Enough space for daily essentials
Nicely put together
Not particularly stylish
The strap feels a bit low-budget

Renowned for selling good-quality products at low-budget prices, Nest manufacturers Athena messenger bags in three different sizes. The Nest Athena A40 is the largest and can easily hold a camera like the 5D Mark IV or 6D Mark II with an attached lens, plus four other lenses including a telephoto zoom. There’s a separate rear compartment that can accommodate a 13-inch laptop, and front pockets for filters, spare batteries and other bits and bobs. The bag is well made from shower-resistant nylon and comes complete with a rain cover and rubber feet. For quick access to your kit, there’s a squeeze-action buckle, and for enhanced security there’s also a zippered top flap. Available in black or brown, it’s arguably not the most stylish messenger bag in the world, but it’s certainly a great value Canon camera bag.

Tenba Shootout 32L

3. Tenba Shootout 32L

This top backpack is ideal for larger Canon kits

Type: Backpack | Cameras: 2x DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 8 | Laptop/tablet compartment: 17-inch | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 5 | External dimensions: 380 x 480 x 230mm | Weight: 2,722g

Dual front and side access
Generous capacity
Quite weighty
Side access only on one side

Perfect for the Canon enthusiast with a large collection of kit, the Tenba Shootout 32L has sufficient space to accommodate two DSLRs and up to eight additional lenses or other items like flashguns. Smaller 18L and 24L versions of the backpack are also available. The whole of the main compartment is tailored to camera gear, while extra pockets and compartments enable you to stow yet more gear, including a 17-inch laptop. The robust, aluminium frame and ‘pivot fit’ straps give very good protection while also making the backpack particularly comfortable to wear, as the weight is transferred effectively to the back and pelvis. Overall, this is a fantastic backpack for your Canon camera and kit.

Read more: The best camera backpacks

Lowepro Magnum 200 AW

4. Lowepro Magnum 200 AW

A conventional and highly practical shoulder bag

Type: Shoulder bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 4 | Laptop/tablet compartment: None | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 3 | External dimensions: 385 x 245 x 320mm | Weight: 1,700g

Classic design 
Large enough for most kits
No laptop compartment
Quite boxy in shape

Lowepro makes a very attractive range of Nova shoulder bags, which are durable and stylish. The largest of them is about the same size as this Lowepro Magnum 200 AW bag, although the premium Magnum range includes two larger sizes as well. Even the 200 can accommodate a chunky Canon DSLR with an attached lens, plus four other lenses. Substitute one of these for a flashgun, and you have room for everything you’d normally need on a shoot. Additional pockets are built onto the front and both sides of the bag, enabling you to stow more photo gear and personal effects but, unlike with the larger Magnum 400 and 650 bags, there’s no laptop pocket. The quality of construction is excellent throughout, and the classic design harks back to the company’s original pro camera bag of 1976. However, it’s quite bulky, at about twice as wide as most messenger-style bags and the Billingham Hadley Pro at number one in this guide.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15in V2

5. Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15in V2

This messenger bag is ideal for work, rest and play

Type: Messenger bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 3 **Laptop/tablet compartment:** 15-inch | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 3 | External dimensions: 300 x 430 x 180mm | Weight: 1,100g

Good security coupled with easy access
Grows to hold more kit
Internal dividers take some getting used to
A bit pricey

Whether you’re on your daily commute, going for a day out, or just off for a coffee, the Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15in V2 is a really handy messenger bag for stashing your Canon camera kit. Available in 13-inch and 15-inch options, it’s ideal for carrying a medium-sized Canon DSLR kit, plus either a 13-inch or 15-inch laptop, respectively. Innovative design elements include quick-action MagLatch closures, plus a zippered top flap for even faster access to your camera, without opening the whole bag. FlexFold dividers are said to be origami-inspired and, while they work very well to cosset your kit, they can seem a bit unintuitive at first. The Version 2 editions have enhanced weatherproofing and their small inner pockets are made from a more durable fabric.

Read more: The best messenger bags for photographers

Think Tank TurnStyle 20 V2.0

6. Think Tank TurnStyle 20 V2.0

A brilliant sling bag that turns on the style

Type: Sling bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 4 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Tablet | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 1 | External dimensions: 235 x 440 x 137mm | Weight: 500g

Tough but particularly lightweight
Swivel access for gear
Single spread doesn't spread the load
Separation could be better

Think Tank’s TurnStyle sling-back bags are available in three sizes and two colour options: blue/indigo and charcoal. The Think Tank TurnStyle 20 V2.02 is the largest, but all three have one shoulder strap rather than usual two, and are designed to be worn across the body. A particular bonus is that you can swivel the bags around on their strap, enabling you to get access to your camera and accessories without needing to take the bag off and lay it down. There’s enough room for a full-sized Canon DSLR and up to four additional lenses or other accessories. The 10 edition takes one less lens, and the 5 edition is better suited to mirrorless Canon EOS-M outfits. Each bag has an additional tablet pocket, and an extra front compartment. if you're looking for a sling bag for your Canon camera, these options are top-class.

Mindshift Gear Multi-Mount Holster 20

7. Mindshift Gear Multi-Mount Holster 20

Compact carriage for your Canon DSLR

Type: Holster | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 0 | Laptop/tablet compartment: None | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 1 | External dimensions: 265 x 210 x 165mm | Weight: 550g

Different sizes available
Additional front pocket is useful
Colour not for everyone
Fairly limited additional storage space

Like other holster bags, the Multi-Mount range from Mindshift is designed to carry a camera with a mounted lens. The holsters are particularly ideal for carrying your Canon DSLR with a superzoom lens, for example when you’re on walkabout or holiday and just want to take the lens that’s attached to your camera. The big question is how well the camera and lens will fit the holster. With this in mind, the Multi-Mount is available in no less than four different sizes, named 10, 20, 30 and 50. The Mindshift Multi-Mount Holster 20 will probably be the ideal size for most Canon DSLR shooters and, unlike many holsters, this series boasts an additional front pocket for stowing a flashgun or other small accessory.

Manfrotto Reloader 55 Roller Bag

8. Manfrotto Reloader 55 Roller Bag

The best roller bag for your Canon camera

Type: Roller bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 10 | Laptop/tablet compartment: Laptop + Tablet | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 2 | External dimensions: 350 x 230 x 550mm | Weight: 4,900g

Built-in wheels and handle
Suitable for carry-on
Heavy to lift
Expensive 

The very well-protected main compartment of this Manfrotto Reloader 55 Roller Bag has endlessly adjustable dividers, so it can adapt to just about any collection of Canon camera bodies, lenses and other accessories. Additional pockets are built into the lid for safeguarding both a tablet and a laptop of up to 17-inches in size. Further pouches are built into the underside of the flap for smaller accessories. Typical of roller bags, it has a sturdy set of wheels and an extending handle, for easy manoeuvring around anything from train and coach stations to airport terminals. However, when you do need to lift the bag, it’s rather weighty at nearly 5kg even when empty.

Read more: The best roller bags for photographers

Vanguard Supreme 53D Hard Case with Divider Bag

9. Vanguard Supreme 53D Hard Case with Divider Bag

A hard camera case with a soft centre

Type: Hard case | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 11 | Laptop/tablet compartment: None | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: 0 | External dimensions: 630 x 520 x 240mm | Weight: 7,820g

Hard shell with removable soft interior
Tough, secure and weather-proof
Heavy to carry
Bulky, but smaller sizes are available

To keep your camera kit safe from harm, this Vanguard Supreme 53D Hard Case with Divider Bag offers supreme protection. It’s super-tough, fully dust-proof and waterproof, has steel reinforced padlock rings and an automatic pressure release valve to cope with changes in air pressure and altitude, for example when stowed in the baggage hold of an aircraft. It’s also O-ring sealed to withstand being submerged in water, down to a depth of five metres. The softer side of the case is within, as it comprises a removable soft inner bag with adjustable dividers. There are no less than three carrying handles for lifting the case, plus a set of wheels and a retractable pull-along handle. The wheels are most welcome, given that the case weighs almost 8kg even without anything in it.

Manfrotto Street Medium Backpack

10. Manfrotto Street Medium Backpack

This camera bag and daypack hybrid is ideal for camera kit and daily essentials

Type: Backpack | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 2 | Laptop/tablet compartment: 15-inch | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 3 | External dimensions: 280 x 150 x 460mm | Weight: 1,100g

Dual photo and daypack compartment
Sensible size for a day out
Limited space for gear
Lack of colour options

Whether you’re commuting to work or going for a grand day out, you’re likely to need more than just your camera kit. Typical of split photography/daypacks, this Manfrotto Street Medium Backpack has two separate compartments. The lower one can accommodate a DSLR with an attached lens, plus two other lenses or similar sized accessories. The upper compartment, with a separate zipper, plays host to all your other daily essentials. Other separate pockets enable you to organise your bits and pieces, and there’s a separate 15-inch laptop compartment. A smaller edition of the bag is also available, which is a better fit for Canon’s mirrorless compact system camera outfits.

Billingham 445

11. Billingham 445

A luxurious bag – even by Billingham’s standards – for bigger budgets

Type: Shoulder bag | Cameras: DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 8 | Laptop/tablet compartment: 13-inch (optional sleeve) | Tripod attachment: Optional straps | Additional compartments: 4 | External dimensions: 430 x 250 x 300mm | Weight: 2,100g

Top-notch craftmanship
Capacious main compartment
Handmade quality makes it expensive
Weighs over 2kg

This middle-sized bag in Billingham’s 5 Series range – the Billingham 445 – can swallow up one or two Canon DSLR bodies, plus up to eight additional lenses, flashguns and the like. There’s also a full-length front pocket that can accommodate a 13-inch laptop, for which a ‘laptop slip’ is available as an optional extra. Nine different pockets are included, which can be arranged at will to suit different photographic items, and external Delta pockets are also available separately, for attaching to the bag. The quality is fabulous throughout but it’s a relatively heavy bag for your camera and, even though a shoulder pad is included, it can be a strain to carry when fully laden.

Lowepro Dashpoint 10 Camera Pouch

12. Lowepro Dashpoint 10 Camera Pouch

Need a bag for a compact camera? This one is small and lightweight but durable

Type: Pouch | Cameras: Compact | Additional lenses/accessories: None | Laptop/tablet compartment: None | Tripod attachment: No | Additional compartments: Memory card pocket | External dimensions: 93 x 60 x 134mm | Weight: 100g

Clever design
Tough but lightweight
Others are cheaper
Less protective than a hard case

Arguably better known for its shoulder bags and backpacks, Lowepro nevertheless makes pouches and bags for small, compact cameras. The Dashpoint range of pouches comes in 10, 20 and 30 options to suit a range of Canon Ixus and PowerShot compact camera sizes, and they’re all available in slate grey or galaxy blue. For small point and shoot cameras, the Lowepro Dashpoint 10 Camera Pouch is likely to be the best fit, but it definitely pays to check the dimensions of your  camera before buying. Each edition of the pouch comes with a removable shoulder strap, wide-opening zippers for easy access, and impact-resistant padding. 

Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW

13. Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW

The best Canon camera bag for landscape photography and hiking

Type: Backpack | Cameras: 2x DSLR/CSC | Additional lenses/accessories: 8 | Laptop/tablet compartment: 15-inch | Tripod attachment: Yes | Additional compartments: 1 | External dimensions: 348 x 270 x 488mm | Weight: 2,600g

Various entry points 
Removable chunky waistband
A bit bulky
Fairly heavy

One of Lowepro’s bigger backpacks, the Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW can hold one or two pro-grade Canon DSLRs and up to eight additional lenses or other accessories, so you don’t need to leave anything behind that you might need when hiking into the hills for a landscape shoot, touring the city for architectural photography, or just about anything else. Access to kit is quick and easy, thanks to four separate access points on the top, rear and both sides of the backpack. For negotiating tricky terrain and climbing over obstacles, there’s a waist band that adds stabilising support as well as providing extra storage for small items, but you can remove this if you need a more streamlined approach. Lowepro’s ActivZone System design ensures a really comfortable fit.

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